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Tramping uphill through the lower forest from the Icefields Parkway.The terrain steepens considerably about half way up the forested section.The terrain steepens considerably about half way up the forested section.The terrain steepens considerably about half way up the forested section.The terrain steepens considerably about half way up the forested section.Thankfully there were some switchbacks on our track!Hector South Peak is ahead of us here. The terrain nearer the gully is less steep but avy exposed.It's a glorious winter day in the Rockies.Looking up at the remainder of our route to the south ridge at center. Hector South Peak at left.Views start opening up towards Hector South (R) and peaks around Hector Lake.The south ridge is obvious now - summit at right.We're pretty small up here! These slopes can definitely slide in the "right" conditions.Following an excellent track up to the ridge.Following an excellent track up to the ridge.Following an excellent track up to the ridge - the lower ridge visible at right.Starting up the south ridge which looks a bit tamer than it felt.Phil leads the way up the south ridge.I dropped my skis by the small step behind me here. I should have kept them on but oh well.Wishing I had my skins for traction here! Ax / Crampons / 'Shoes were better than boots.Incredible scenes off the south ridge of Hector towards Lake Louise (R) over the Pipestone River.